Peeve of the Day

Radio waves, as it happens, have three attributes: amplitude, frequency, and phase. Information can be encoded in any of them: AM is Amplitude Modulation and FM is Frequency Modulation.

It’s also possible to encode information by Phase Modulation, and I suspect that this is where Roddenberry got the name for the weapon.

Using a concept that goes back to Poe, putting something out of phase with the rest of the world would make it apparently vanish from that world.

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